Dental implants are one of the great steps forward in dentistry. A typical implant consists of a titanium post inserted in the jaw, and an artificial tooth that goes on top of it. They’re available from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.
Caring for a dental implant is not much different than caring for your natural teeth: they require brushing and flossing as well. Like natural teeth, food debris can form plaque, so they must be cleaned regularly. The flossing technique is a little different.
Criss-Cross Shoe Shine
Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.
Some people prefer the tape style floss over the traditional type.
Gentle and Thorough
When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and bring about gum recession.
Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?
You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is tough for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.
Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.
You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have diminished mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.